Rapidísimas

first_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET La noticia de que el papa Benedicto XVI había renunciado a su cargo el 28 de enero después de ocho años en el cargo, circuló rápidamente por el mundo como ninguna. La decisión fue un secreto bien guardado pues sólo se encontraron muy pocos indicios en sus recientes presentaciones públicas. El papa presentó su decisión a un grupo de cardenales reunidos en el Vaticano en una declaración formal en latín. En la declaración dijo que la razón de su renuncia era su “edad avanzada” (cumplirá 86 años el mes que viene) y la necesidad de la iglesia de tener un hombre más joven que pudiera hacerle frente a los múltiples deberes de su ministerio. En ese sentido dijo que le “falta vigor para continuar”.La renuncia fue recibida en todas partes con “sorpresa y respeto”. Observadores de la escena vaticana dijeron que la edad es un factor fundamental pero que además existen problemas internos difíciles de resolver. Añadieron que los casos de pedofilia pueden haber sido factores determinantes, además de las presiones de un clero que en su mayoría desea tener la opción de casarse y las mujeres que se sienten llamadas a la ordenación.La prensa romana destacó las palabras de Giorgio Napolitano, Jefe del Estado italiano, que elogió su “extraordinaria valentía” y “generosidad” al admitir que le faltaban fuerzas para continuar. El presidente francés, François Hollande, no quiso opinar pero dijo que la decisión es “respetable”. Angela Merkel, canciller alemana e hija de un pastor luterano dijo que la decisión “es difícil y que merece todo respeto”. Además, le deseó bendiciones de Dios en su nueva vida y añadió que su coterráneo es “uno de los más significativos pensadores religiosos de nuestra época”.No todos son elogios, el profesor presbiteriano mexicano Leopoldo Cervantes-Ortiz dice en un despacho de la agencia ALC que entre los factores de la dimisión del papa están la “casi inmanejable crisis” ocasionada por los casos de pederastia en diversos países y, particularmente, “la impunidad con que la iglesia” manejó el caso de abuso sexual del sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel, fundador de la orden de los Legionarios de Cristo. Añadieron también la alarmante disminución de fieles en México, América Latina y Europa. El jueves 14 de febrero por orden judicial la arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles entregó 24 nombres adicionales de sacerdotes acusados de “abuso infantil”.Justin Welby, nuevo arzobispo de Cantórbery dice “mientras me preparo para tomar posesión de mi cargo no hablo sólo por mí mismo, y mis predecesores como arzobispo, sino por los anglicanos de todo el mundo, para dar gracias a Dios por la vida sacerdotal totalmente dedicada, de palabra y de obra, en la oración y en el servicio costoso de seguir a Cristo. Benedicto XVI ha puesto ante nosotros algo del significado del ministerio petrino de edificar al pueblo de Dios a su plena madurez”.Después de 63 años el Consejo Nacional de Iglesias de Estados Unidos trasladará sus oficinas centrales de Nueva York a Washington por razones económicas. Ahorrándose así unos 500,000 dólares en los próximos años. La nueva sede estará localizada en el antiguo Edificio Metodista frente al Capitolio y la Corte Suprema. Por su arquitectura rectangular de 19 pisos, el edificio de Nueva York es conocido como “La Caja de Dios”.Siguen los informes contradictorios sobre la salud del presidente Hugo Chávez. Esta semana su vice Nicolás Maduro, dijo que está ahora bajo “tratamientos complejos y duros” en La Habana tras la operación de diciembre. Ya los días de su ausencia de Venezuela pasan de 60. Por otra parte, la reciente devaluación del bolívar en un 32 por ciento con respecto al dólar es como para no dormir. Esta es la quinta devaluación en 10 años. (A última hora aparecieron fotos de Chávez con dos de sus hijas)El senador de la Florida, Marco Rubio, tuvo el honor de responder al discurso del presidente Obama sobre el Estado de la Unión, un discurso anual en el que el presidente se dirige al congreso y al pueblo e informa sobre la marcha del país. Es costumbre que una persona de la oposición refute algunas afirmaciones. Rubio que la revista Time puso su foto en la portada y dijo que era la esperanza de los republicanos. Los medios criticaron que se agachó para alcanzar una botella de agua y se empinó de la misma. Dijeron que ese hecho es señal de mala educación. Sin embargo, de este limón, Rubio ha hecho una limonada. Al promocionar botellas de agua con su nombre por el precio de $25 a $250 dólares.VERDAD. ¿Qué le dice una piedra a otra piedra? ¡Qué vida tan dura! Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Por Onell A. SotoPosted Feb 18, 2013 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rapidísimas Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

La Convención General aprueba la igualdad matrimonial

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel La Convención General aprueba la igualdad matrimonial Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK General Convention 2015, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Human Sexuality, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Same-Sex Marriage Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] A raíz del dictamen del Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. el 26 de junio, en el que se legalizaba el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo para todos los norteamericanos, la Convención General siguió el ejemplo el 1 de julio con cambios canónicos y litúrgicos a fin de ofrecerles igualdad matrimonial a todos los episcopales.La Cámara de Diputados convino con la aprobación de la Cámara de Obispos el día antes de un cambio canónico que eliminaba el lenguaje que definía el matrimonio como entre un hombre y una mujer (Resolución A036) y autorizaba dos nuevos ritos matrimoniales para ser usados igualmente con parejas del mismo sexo o de sexos opuestos (Resolución A054).Las resoluciones marcaron la culminación de un diálogo que empezara cuando la Convención General de 1976 dijera que “las personas homosexuales son hijos de Dios que tienen pleno e igual derecho, con todas las demás personas, al amor, la aceptación y el interés y cuidado pastoral de la Iglesia”, dijo el Muy Rdo. Brian Baker, vicepresidente del Comité Legislativo Especial sobre el Matrimonio. “Esa resolución comenzó un diálogo de 39 años acerca de qué aspecto tendría ese pleno e igual derecho. El diálogo ha sido difícil para muchos y doloroso para muchos”.Las resoluciones A054 y A036 representaron compromisos a los que se llegaron después de devota consideración y conversación dentro del comité legislativo, y luego la Cámara de Obispos le dio cabida a todo el mundo, dijo Baker. “Sé que la mayoría de ustedes encontrará algo en las resoluciones … que le disguste y con lo que discrepe”, señaló, pidiéndoles a los diputados “que miraran a través de las lentes de cómo este compromiso le dio cabida a otras personas”.Los diputados rechazaron un intento de enmendar cada una de las resoluciones. Luego de unos 20 minutos de debate por resolución, cada resolución fue aprobada en un voto por órdenes. La A054 fue aprobada 94 a 12 con dos diputaciones divididas en el orden clerical y 90-11-3 en el orden de los laicos. La A036 fue aprobada por 85-15-6 en el orden clerical y 88-12-6 en el orden de los laicos.Además de autorizar dos nueva liturgias matrimoniales, la A054 aprueba también el continuo uso de “El testimonio y la bendición de un pacto de por vida” que aparece en Recursos litúrgicos I, que la Convención General aprobó para uso provisional en 2012 “bajo la dirección y con la autorización del obispo que ejerza la autoridad eclesiástica”.A principios de la semana, los obispos dividieron, para fines del debate, la porción de la A054 que trata del rito existente de la que aborda las nuevas liturgias, votando finalmente la aprobación de ambas porciones. Aprobaron la A036 en una votación de viva voz, con 129 a favor, 26 en contra y cinco abstenciones.“En mi primera Convención General en 1991, no creo haber soñado jamás que habríamos de tener tal resolución ante nosotros”, dijo Bruce Garneer, diputado de Atlanta al tiempo de que se iniciara el debate sobre la A054. “Vine a Salt Lake City como un ciudadano de segunda clase en mi nación y en mi Iglesia y espero irme de aquí como un ciudadano de primera clase en ambas”.Entre las voces disidentes estuvo la de Holden Holsinger, de la Diócesis de Michigan Oriental y miembro de la Presencia Oficial de la Juventud, quien instó a rechazar la resolución “a fin de mantener la unidad de la Iglesia”.Las dos nuevas liturgias, “El testimonio y bendición de un matrimonio” y “La celebración y bendición de un matrimonio 2” de Recursos litúrgicos 1: te bendeciré y serás una bendición, [versión] revisada y ampliada 2015, de los materiales suplementarios de la Comisión Permanente sobre Liturgia y Música que aparecen en el Libro Azul, están autorizadas a usarse a partir de este Adviento. Esos ritos ofrecen la opción de usar “mujer” “marido”, “persona” y “cónyuge”, haciéndolas de este modo aplicables a todas las parejas. Las liturgias pueden encontrarse en las páginas -151 aquí, de los materiales proporcionados a la Convención por la comisión permanente, incluido uno de ellos rechazado por los obispos en sus deliberaciones.La A054 estipula: “Los obispos que ejerzan autoridad eclesiástica o, donde fuere apropiado, supervisión eclesiástica, facilitarán que todas las parejas que pidan casarse en esta Iglesia tengan acceso a estas liturgias. El uso experimental sólo estará disponible a discreción y con permiso del obispo diocesano”.La resolución dice también que “los obispos pueden continuar ofreciendo generosa respuesta pastoral a las necesidades de los miembros de esta Iglesia”. Durante la discusión en su cámara, los obispos dijeron que esta [cláusula] tenía la intención de responder a situaciones de obispos en jurisdicciones fuera de Estados Unidos, tales como Italia y países de la IX Provincia, donde los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo seguían siendo ilegales.Ambas resoluciones dicen que los clérigos conservan el derecho canónico de rehusar oficiar en cualquier boda.La Resolución A036 revisa el Canon I.18 titulado “De la solemnización del Santo Matrimonio” (página 58 de los Cánones de la Iglesia Episcopal aquí). Entre muchas correcciones, elimina las referencias al matrimonio como contraído entre un hombre y una mujer. La primera versión revisada del canon dice ahora que el clérigo “se avendrá a las leyes del Estado que rigen la creación del estado civil del matrimonio, y también a estos cánones en lo concerniente a la solemnización del matrimonio. Los miembros del clero pueden solemnizar un matrimonio usando cualquiera de las formas litúrgicas autorizadas por esta Iglesia”.En conformidad con el canon revisado, las parejas firmarían una declaración de intenciones, que el comité legislativo redactó para respetar las necesidades de parejas donde uno solo de sus miembros sea cristiano.El Rdo. Joseph Howard, de Tennessee, dijo que votaba a favor de la A054 “porque pensaba que era una declaración de honestidad respecto adonde está la Iglesia y porque regulariza lo que estamos haciendo”. Pero se opuso a la A036 “como un voto contra el buen orden porque creo que asume una creencia que aún no ha llegado a estar clara en nuestra Iglesia”.James Steadman, de Pensilvania Noroccidental, citó las palabras de la oración de postcomunión del Libro de Oración Común, y [luego] le dijo a los diputados: “Este es el momento. Usen el valor por el que han estado orando todos estos años y voten a favor de esta resolución”.En otra resolución relacionada con el matrimonio, la Cámara de Diputados aprobó a principios de la semana la Resolución A037, luego de rechazar varias enmiendas, conviniendo con los obispos en continuar la labor del Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio.La resolución pide a las congregaciones que estudien los materiales elaborados por el Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Matrimonio, los cuales están ahora a disposición de las congregaciones (a partir de la página 9 aquí), para que les ayuden a entender la teología del matrimonio y el largo historial del matrimonio, le dijo Baker a los diputados.Autoriza también la continua labor del equipo de trabajo “porque la tarea no ha concluido”, explicó Baker. [La resolución] invita a la exploración de la diversidad teológica y cultural para llevar adelante la conversación, dijo él, añadiendo que con frecuencia el estudio se ha concentrado en la perspectiva anglooccidental “cuando somos una Iglesia que tiene personas de diferentes naciones”.— Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Por Sharon Sheridan Posted Jul 2, 2015 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET General Convention, Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, ILlast_img read more

Trinity Episcopal Church calls Julia Whitworth as new rector

first_img Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Judy Lawes says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Youth Minister Lorton, VA Posted Apr 12, 2016 Press Release Service People Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN The Reverend Canon Julia Whitworth has accepted the call as the 12th rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis. She serves as Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Her anticipated first Sunday at Trinity isJuly 10, 2016“I am honored to be elected Trinity’s new Rector. I am inspired by Trinity’s historic commitment to a powerful combination of beautiful liturgy, deep spiritual inquiry, and vital mission outreach in the city of Indianapolis,” Canon Whitworth said. “I look forward to joining Trinity in its mission to reflect the love of God and Gospel of Jesus Christ in and on your community.”Canon Whitworth has a passion for liturgy and music, preaching, and prophetic witness to the Church’s call to be a significant voice for social justice. She is also deeply committed to the integration of children and families in all aspects of the Church, especially through education, liturgy, music and service, and joyful community-building.“We are so very blessed that Canon Whitworth has decided to accept Trinity’s call. Her liturgical excellence, scholarly preaching, strong interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm about serving a church in the heart of the city make her the perfect match for rector of our beloved church,” stated the search committee co-chairs.Whitworth was ordained an Episcopal priest after a previous career as a theatre director and college professor. She has directed new plays and classics in New York and regionally, and is cofounder of “Shakespeare in Stonington,” a summer program of Opera House Arts, on Deer Isle, Maine. She has taught theatre and performance studies, directing, and acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Mount Holyoke College.After divinity school at Union Theological Seminary, Canon Whitworth’s first call as a priest was to St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she oversaw adult education and youth ministries. At the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, she plans and implements a wide array of worship offerings, ranging from small daily Eucharists to large-scale services for over 3000 people. Additionally, she collaborates on the visual and performing arts programming at the Cathedral as part of its commitment to civic engagement through cultural offerings.Canon Whitworth and her husband, Ray Neufeld, have three young children. April 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm Congratulations, Julia , and best wishes from your friends at St. James’s. April 13, 2016 at 5:38 am Blessings on your new ministry, Julia! Your gifts will be well used.From St. John’s, West Hartford,Hope and Bill Eakins The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Trinity Episcopal Church calls Julia Whitworth as new rector Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments (2) Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Hope and Bill Eakins says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

Ecumenical greetings to ACC-16 from Roman Catholic Church

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Anglican Consultative Council, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 center_img Ecumenical & Interreligious Ecumenical greetings to ACC-16 from Roman Catholic Church Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Tags Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Anglican Communion, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Posted Apr 12, 2016 Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sent greetings to members of ACC-16Photo: Wikimedia / Ch-info.ch[Anglican Communion News Service] Father Tony Currer, officer responsible for Anglican Relations at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), brought a message of greeting to all the participants of the 16th Anglican Consultative Council Meeting, in Lusaka (8 to 19 April) from His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the PCPCU.Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus our Lord! On behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, and in particular of its Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, I send heartfelt greetings to all of you gathered for this 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic meeting between His Grace Archbishop Michael Ramsey and Blessed Pope Paul VI. A direct fruit of that meeting was the Joint Preparatory Commission which in turn led to the establishment of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), now in its third phase. We give thanks for those ground-breaking steps taken fifty years ago, which have greatly improved our mutual understanding and the warm friendship that has grown between our two communions.Working in tandem with ARCIC and, indeed, building upon its achievements, we now have a second commission jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion Office. The International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) works for the reception of ARCIC, that the agreements made between us will have a real transforming impact on our ecclesial life in dioceses across the world. The commission is made up of pairs of bishops, one Anglican and one Catholic, from each Anglican Province and corresponding Episcopal Conference where our two communities exist in significant numbers. The task of these bishops is to promote joint initiatives, particularly in mission and witness, and to be advocates of collaboration between our two communities.We will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Archbishop Ramsey’s meeting with Pope Paul with a meeting of these IARCCUM bishops. During this meeting the bishops will share their experiences and pastoral challenges, and strategize as to how our two communions can work together more closely in ecumenical witness to the world. This fiftieth anniversary celebration is one full of hope, therefore, and one that looks to the future. I ask for your prayers for this initiative, that it will bear much fruit and carry us towards the unity for which Christ prayed.Our theological dialogue has produced some very important agreements. A key theme recognised very early in its history, was the ecclesiology of communion. The co-chairmen noted the prominence of this theme in their preface to ARCIC I’s Final Report. ARCIC II devoted a whole document to it, and built upon the theme further in subsequent documents. God, through the missions of the Son and Spirit, has invited us into the communion of the most holy Trinity, and communion with God implies communion with one another. To respond with faith to God’s gracious invitation, always demands that we attend with care to the relationships between ourselves. Living in communion means that the wellbeing of each is the concern of all. And when we live this communion well we offer a vision to our world of the communion God wills for all of His creation.This meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council is an important moment in your living of communion, and therefore of the witness that you, as Anglicans, give to others. Across the world and between different continents and cultures, there are profound differences in our understanding of the human person and morals. Christian communities with a worldwide reach such as yours can provide an example of how to talk and, most especially, how to listen across these cultural and regional differences. I am reminded of the words Pope Francis addressed to the fathers of the extraordinary Synod of bishops in 2014. He invited them both to speak honestly and to “listen with humility and welcome, with an open heart”. As Archbishop Welby has said, we need to show the world how to “disagree well”, which is to say, to disagree while listening with respect and care to the other. To “disagree well” means that we start from the presumption of goodwill: that each member of the communion is, in his or her context, trying to respond to the gospel summons with honesty and generosity; that divergent positions are reached with integrity. Finally, to “disagree well” means that we never give up in our search for agreement, but that we strive for to find a better and a larger consensus. Our very disagreement shows us just how much we need one another. It shows that I cannot, in the specificity of my culture and context, discern God’s will and His truth alone. It is the whole of His people that God guides on its pilgrim way and leads into truth. In our search for God we rely upon one another.All our effort in seeking Christian unity is based upon this careful, generous listening, a necessary virtue for all God’s faithful people. Our ecumenical endeavour is one of attending to our communion relationships even when our communion is partial or damaged. This meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, very much like our own recent synods of bishops, requires the virtue of careful and generous listening.My prayer for you as participants of this 16th Anglican Consultative Council is the same as my prayer for all your four of the instruments of communion: that through the exercise of each; that through faithful listening to the Lord in the scriptures; and by careful listening to each other, the bonds of the communion between the Provinces will be strengthened and deepened.Yours in Christ,Kurt Cardinal Koch Submit a Press Release ACC16, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

Q&A: Samira Izadi Page, founder of Dallas’ Gateway of Grace

first_imgQ&A: Samira Izadi Page, founder of Dallas’ Gateway of Grace By Lynette Wilson Posted Jul 6, 2017 The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Refugees Migration & Resettlement Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Comments are closed. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Mary Kathryn Berry says: July 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm This is one of the most inspiring and challenging stories that has ever appeared in Episcopal News Service. In the face of cruel US government policies, delaying the acceptance of immigrants fleeing for their lives and tearing families apart by arresting and deporting our undocumented sisters and brothers, sincere followers of Jesus must act. Samira is an example to us all. Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Comments (4) Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Anne Garbarino says: Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY July 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm Incredible, inspiring story…how I wish all immigrants were of this calibre and willing to help us help them…it makes me want to join with the organization in supporting them all the way…her grace and courage under much pressure touches my soul and I pray for her success with the organization she is chairing…God’s blessings. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal News Service – Dallas, Texas] Episcopal News Service spoke with the Rev. Samira Izadi Page, founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace, about her life, fleeing Iran in 1989, her journey to the United States a year later, and her ministry during a recent interview at her office in Dallas.Gateway of Grace is a ministry that mobilizes Episcopal and other churches to bridge sociocultural gaps, and remove the fears, anxieties and spiritual apathy that stand in the way of Christians connecting with refugees. Gateway partners with more than 50 congregations to adopt refugee families upon arrival, and provides job readiness, language and other trainings.On Wednesday nights, Gateway of Grace hosts Grace Community, providing a space for fellowship, prayer, worship, a meal and Bible study for Christian refugees who fled persecution in their home countries, and Muslim refugees who are interested in learning about Christianity. The community includes refugees from 16 countries — including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Syria — and six religious backgrounds.In February, when the Trump administration first announced its executive order suspending the refugee resettlement program and restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, Gateway of Grace initiated a 30 Days of Prayer for Refugees campaign. Many of the refugees served by Gateway of Grace have family members and friends whose lives are in limbo.You have an incredible story. Can you describe briefly your journey from Iran to the United States, what drove you to flee your country and seek political asylum?My ex-husband was a Sunni Muslim, I was a Shia and he was persecuted. It’s a very long story, but one morning I was working on my Ph.D. and there was a knock at the door and when I opened the door life as we knew it just ended. The intelligence service came in, they tore the house apart and they found a copy of Salman Rushdie’s “[The] Satanic Verses” and that was basically the end for us. My husband, lucky enough, wasn’t home, but they took everything that we had at the house and they shut down his business, they shut down our accounts, and we escaped Iran empty-handed, walking through four feet of snow over two nights with two kids. We nearly froze to death.The Rev. Samira Izadi PageAge: 44 (on June 12, 2017)Born: Shiraz, IranResidence: Dallas, TexasWho: An Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Dallas and founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace. Professional background: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy earned in Iran. Attended seminary at Southern Methodist University: Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry focused on missional church studies. Ordained a deacon in 2010; a priest in 2011.We went to Turkey. My husband’s brothers sent us money from Dubai, and we hired smugglers and they took us from Turkey to Mexico, and they left us in the middle of Mexico City with nothing; less than $500, no documentations, we had nothing. On the 10th day that we were there I saw a store that sold oriental rugs and I thought that may have something to do with Persian rugs so I went up to the store and I said, “Do you have any Persian rugs?” By my accent, he immediately knew I was Iranian. He started speaking back Farsi and I started crying. I said, “Stay right here, I’m going to get my husband,” and as soon as he came up he said, “Aren’t you the son of Mr. so-and-so?” That guy’s father had been my husband’s tenant back in our hometown. What are the odds of meeting someone from your own country of 60-some million, your hometown of a few million, whose father had been your tenant, in the largest city in the world on the 10th day? Every step that we took it was like that.We were there for a year, it’s a long, long story, but then we crossed the border at New Laredo and walked through the river and turned ourselves in at the immigration post and applied for asylum. They said, “Where do you want to go?” My husband said, “Dallas.” It was really random. I wanted to go to California because that’s where most Iranians are, but my husband said, “Let’s go to Dallas.” It was a God thing really. And we got to Dallas at 7 a.m. and I thought, OK, we are going to have a job and an apartment today. A cab driver took us to Motel 6 from the downtown bus station. I saw Yellow Pages, which I had never seen before. I started looking for apartment locators, started calling, found out we couldn’t rent an apartment because we didn’t have Social Security numbers or jobs. I saw Islamic center, so I called them up and they said that they couldn’t help, but they knew of a lady who worked with refugees. They gave me the number, I called the lady and she sent someone. By 9:30 this guy was at our door and he said I have an apartment, I’m not sure whether you are going to like it or not. He took us to a two-bedroom, fully furnished apartment. By 11:30 we were in our own apartment. We had done our grocery shopping. We had paid a month of rent in a city where we didn’t know a soul; without documentation.Now, these people, they were Christians, but they worked with Bosnian refugees who are Muslims. That’s how the mosque knew of them. They had prepared that apartment for a Bosnian family that was supposed to come a month before us. They never showed up, so it was just sitting. We walked right into it. When I told this man about my interest in Christianity he said, “Well why don’t you all come to church with us?” We went. It was a Baptist church, and I was baptized just six months later.You were eventually given refugee status. Would you say your journey was typical or atypical?It was atypical because refugees usually come in with full legal status. They come in with Social Security cards, they get work permits, but we had nothing. It was extremely difficult. That’s why I have so much compassion for refugees because I know where they’ve been.You were born into a Shiite Muslim family and you married a Sunni Muslim. How did your family react to your conversion to Christianity?My family was nominally Muslim, so there was never a conversation about religion at home. But my mom knew that I had a vision of the Virgin Mary when I was 6, so when I told her when I was about to be baptized, I called my mom and I said, “Mom, remember my vision?” and she immediately knew what I was talking about. I said, ‘Well, that’s happening,’ and she was happy. She is now a Christian; she was baptized about a year and a half ago, and now she’s being persecuted in Iran.How did you find yourself in the Episcopal Church?[By the] second year in seminary I knew that I couldn’t be a Baptist because of the sacraments and the understanding of ministry. My understanding was somewhat more ontological, who I was, rather than the function of, and the director of spiritual formation at Perkins was an Episcopal priest, Father Fred Schmidt. He is now at Garrett [Evangelical] Theological [Seminary]. I shared my testimony with him, and he said, “Well, have you considered joining the Catholic Church?” because of the vision of Virgin Mary. And I said, “Well I have a call to ministry,” and he said, “Well, why don’t you come to my church and visit.” I went that Sunday. And years and years ago, when I was 14 or 15, I had this dream and in that dream, I was thirsty looking for water. I was in a room that was in the shape of a hexagon and it was all marble and it was enclosed and I went round and round, and there in the middle of the room was a font. That stayed with me, and here I am many years later in the United States, becoming a Christian and I’m entering this church, Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. And I’m late and I have no idea what the Episcopal Church is and so I was kind of intimidated, and I enter through the back door, kind of the side door, and as I entered the first thing that hit me in the face almost was that font that I had seen in my dream. That’s how I knew I belonged there.Where did the idea of Gateway of Grace come from?When my curacy was coming to an end I started praying asking God what it was that he wanted me to do. And as I was praying through my life, it’s not like there was shortage of clergy here for God to bring an Iranian woman with an accent to serve at the parish, because as wonderful as that would be it would have nothing to do with my experience, what God had taught me through those experiences. So, I started to look at the refugee population, and at that time I had already worked with refugees for a couple of years. And I started looking at what was available to them, and Texas was the largest hub for refugees up until last year and now it is second to California. And I noticed there were churches that were doing holistic ministry, like the Baptist church that adopted me kind of intrinsically, and then there were churches or refugee organizations or ministries that were very secular: They would just give refugees stuff or help them, but they wouldn’t want to talk about the spiritual matters. Then there were, on the other side, people – “Are you saved, do you know Jesus yet?” And then there were a lot of programs but there wasn’t any systematic way of mobilizing churches to do a holistic type of ministry that would address not only the practical needs but also the emotional and spiritual needs of refugees. When we were praying about the name we thought, well, what is the one thing that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions, and that’s grace. And the instrument that God uses to communicate that grace into the world is the church, therefore, the church is the gateway of God’s grace, so Gateway of Grace.How did you end up focusing your doctoral thesis on decreasing anxiety and fear about refugees among Christians?When I got my doctorate, I wanted to do something that was relevant to the work I was doing and I wanted a very systematic, very Anglican kind of Episcopal way of removing fears and prejudices and spiritual apathy. Those are big issues, at least here in Dallas, just the unknowing. The idea was how do we use scripture, tradition, reason and social studies, all that we have in our church to address these issues specifically, and move them from the place of fear, anxiety, hatred, anger, unknowing to engagement in God’s mission through ministry to refugees?Why do you think Christians (Americans) harbor so much fear and anxiety?Well, part of it is the media. The media provides, whether it’s liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, or anything in between, they each provide a slice of reality. They don’t provide the entire pie of reality, and while those realities are factual, they are not the entire picture and thus they form an alternative reality that’s not accurate. But people who are not familiar personally with refugees, they buy that because that’s all they are introduced to, so media is a huge part of it; the way they present the issue.In your experience have you found that alleviating those fears comes through compassion and acceptance and is that possible only through personal relationships?So that’s what my thesis is about. It’s a whole workshop, it’s a whole process of how do we address those issues, so I use ancient prayer methods, social studies to kind of address the fears and the concerns and do a spiritual formation and move them from that place to refugee ministry.Unlike in Europe, where disaffected first-generation European Muslims have staged large-scale terrorist attacks, the United States hasn’t seen the same kind of violence. Yet, Americans live in fear of such attacks. How do you address or alleviate the fear that many white Christian Americans express? Not just in terms of fear of the other, but living in fear of a terrorist attack? Because they come with real fear, they see this stuff on television.I think the key is to acknowledge the fear because those fears are real. We had a shooting in Garland, Texas, that was done by a Muslim extremist, shooting [up] a library. So those are not things that are impossible to happen in the U.S., therefore the fears are real, right? But how probable are they? That’s a different question. So far refugee resettlement has been a very successful program and we haven’t had any issues with our refugees. I’m a Muslim background believer and I have a holistic ministry. Part of it is evangelistic ministry to refugees, many of whom are Muslims, many of whom are very conservative, so I understand the fear. So, for them to be able to connect to someone who would just acknowledge their fear and have sympathy for their fear and not just dismiss it, then that’s really the first big step. The other parts of it are, as I do in my workshop, how do we move forward, and that’s through this whole process that we do with our volunteers and it takes time and patience. But I’ve seen people who did not like refugees, did not like Muslims, who are now huge advocates for refugees.The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program is a public-private partnership and six of the nine resettlement partners are faith based. The affiliate network and the nonprofits working locally also tend to be faith based. Not to compare or say the U.S. system is necessarily better than the European system, which varies by country, but do faith-based partners lead to better rates of integration?Absolutely.How so?Resettlement agencies such as Catholic Charities and International Rescue Committee or other organizations, they have limited financial resources and limited manpower, but in the church, we have all these resources. We have the manpower and the financial resources that we need to minister to refugees, but more importantly refugee resettlement agencies or secular organizations, they provide services, and those are for a limited number of months or until [refugees] get on their feet. But what churches do, they not only add to the services and fill in the gap where services are lacking, but they add Christian care. Services and care are two different things. I think that’s really important for the healing process, for the integration process. And, then on top of that, where these agencies leave off, the relationships that churches have formed, and by churches, I mean individual Christians, they continue to grow, and I think that’s a gift to the refugees that they are able to connect with Americans. Most refugees never come to experience real friendship with Americans, with Anglos, particularly.Gov. Greg Abbot pulled Texas out of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, which indicates to me that statewide there’s some resistance to refugees. Still, resettlement continues with the federal funds channeled through nonprofit organizations, and Texas is second only to California in the number of refugees admitted. Can you share some insight into the dissonance?Political issues and people issues are two different things. I think the people of Texas are extremely generous, extremely loving, Dallas particularly. Or Texas is a Christian state, and while they might be politically conservative, they have the Holy Spirit in them, and the Holy Spirit moves them to reach refugees and to love them and to serve them whether they politically may agree with refugee resettlement or their political party is supportive of that.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, on the other hand, takes a position opposite the governor. He applauds the resettlement program. I read that one in four Dallas residents is foreign born. What makes Dallas, particularly, welcoming toward immigrants and refugees? How have they helped shape the city?What has helped them to be welcoming, it’s just the heart of the people. It’s not political, they are just good people, many of them just good Christians. It’s a very religious city, so that might have to do with it.I’m sure you’ve read stories about how refugees are revitalizing communities in the Rust Belt, in the Hudson Valley, where there are tons of Salvadorans and others from Central America who have really revitalized some of these smaller towns. Obviously, diversity makes cities stronger, communities stronger. Have you seen that here in DallasYes. There is a neighborhood in Dallas that used to be very violent. Refugees have been resettled there and the violence has been reduced, but I don’t think and those may be impactful in the ways that political decisions are made, like at the mayor’s level, but I don’t think that individual Dallasites think in those terms. I don’t think they think, what are we gaining from this? I think they just have a good and generous and compassionate heart.The U.S. Supreme Court recently temporarily upheld parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, refusing entry to people from six Muslim countries, unless they have a family connection or a university appointment. What has been the impact of the court’s decision on the community you serve?Our refugees are in Turkey. They are mostly persecuted Christians. They are really struggling with that decision because their situation now is unknown and they despair. Many of them are wondering whether they should go back to Iran, and that would be extremely dangerous because these are heavily persecuted Christians. And so it has been a very difficult six months or so for our refugees, anyways, but this recent decision has added definitely for that.So, you have a direct connection to refugees who are awaiting third-country resettlement?Iranians, they are particularly there in Turkey, and my sister and her husband, they are refugees in Turkey right now among others. So, yeah, we have a network of refugees that we connect to.–Lynette Wilson is managing editor of Episcopal News Service.  July 14, 2017 at 8:32 am I was very impressed by the writer’s story. I lived in Dallas for 24 years and taught many children that were in a sense refugees—Mexican American kiddos. One should not call these people refugees since Texas was once a part of Mexico. The folks add so much to the cultural life of a city, let alone the economy. In those years I belonged to a church in Oak Cliff (south sections of Dallas) that provided sanctuary to an extended family from El Salvador. We learned a lot from this family. Thanks for the article. Keep up the good work. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Martha Richards says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm Your story is amazing. Keep up the good work. I’m sure our Lord Jesus has given you the strength eo endure and will continue to bless your ministry. Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

Retired Indianapolis bishop nominated for Eastern Michigan provisional bishop role

first_imgRetired Indianapolis bishop nominated for Eastern Michigan provisional bishop role Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan] The standing committee of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan has nominated the Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, retired bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis, as candidate for bishop provisional to be voted on at their 23rd diocesan convention from Oct. 20 to 21.Eastern Michigan’s former bishop, the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, concluded his ministry in the diocese in June after accepting a call from the presiding bishop to serve on his staff as bishop for pastoral development.In a letter to the diocese, the standing committee articulated its reasons for calling for a bishop provisional rather than calling for a search for a bishop diocesan, saying, “In most cases, a bishop departs their diocese through retirement. This allows the diocese to have some lead time to go through the search process, nominate a slate of candidates and vote to elect their next bishop before the exiting bishop departs. Because our bishop left for another position and not for retirement, we did not have that time. We do have the time and space to faithfully consider the issues and opportunities confronting our diocese – these are not limited to budget realities, decreasing and emerging populations, and cultural trends away from church-attendance and religious life. Like a congregation engaging an interim pastor, we hope, with a provisional bishop as a companion, to faithfully engage the entire diocese in this exciting conversation to discover where God is leading us in our life and ministry as the Episcopal Church in Eastern Michigan.”If elected at October’s diocesan convention, Waynick would begin her tenure with Eastern Michigan immediately serving on a part-time basis, performing all episcopal functions including ordinations and confirmations, as well as other traditional duties of a bishop including staff supervision, visitations, and more. Waynick would work closely with the standing committee as they begin to work with the people of the diocese to study their mission and ministry and to move forward into the next phase of diocesan episcopal authority.Waynick served as the 10th bishop of Indianapolis for 20 years before her retirement in 2017. She began her ministry in the Diocese of Michigan serving churches in Bloomfield Hills and Pontiac before being elected bishop in 1997. Beyond her ministry in Indianapolis, Waynick served on several General Convention legislative committees, on the abundance committee of the Church Pension Fund and on the task force to revise Title IV (Disciplinary Canons). She continues to serve as president of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops and as a governor of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Waynick has been married for 49 years to Larry, and they have two grown children, Elizabeth of Irvine, California, and Steve of Canton, Michigan. The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan is made up of 43 congregations throughout the eastern half of the lower peninsula, north of Detroit and Lansing. 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Episcopales dan publico testimonio frente a un centro de detención…

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Por Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 10, 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Immigration, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Faith & Politics, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN El obispo primado Michael Curry predicó un sermón de “ama a Dios, ama al prójimo” a más de 1.000 personas durante una oración de Visión, Testimonio y Justicia cerca del Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto, en Taylor, Texas, donde se encuentran recluidas 500 mujeres. Foto de Frank Logue.[Episcopal News Service – Taylor, Texas] Mil episcopales, al menos dos por cada mujer encarcelada en el Centro de Detención Hutto en el campo de Texas, resistieron el ardiente sol del 8 de julio para denunciar públicamente las decisiones del gobierno de EE.UU. en su aplicación de normas migratorias que han separado a familias en los últimos dos meses y han conducido a redadas y deportaciones de inmigrantes.“No venimos aquí con odio, no venimos aquí con fanatismo, no venimos aquí a rebajar a nadie, venimos a realzar a todos. Venimos en amor, venimos en amor porque seguimos a Jesús y Jesús nos enseñó a amar”, dijo el obispo primado Michael Curry, en su sermón durante la Oración de Visión, Testimonio y Justicia que tuvo lugar aquí al mediodía a la vista del Centro de Detención Hutto.“Ama al Señor tu Dios y ama a tu prójimo”, dijo Curry, y su lista de prójimos incluían liberales, conservadores, demócratas, republicanos, independientes, el prójimo que a uno le gusta y el prójimo que a uno no le gusta, cristiano, musulmán, judío, palestino, refugiado, inmigrante y guardia de prisión. “Ama a tu prójimo”, clamó Curry, a la multitud que respondía “Sí”.“Venimos en amor”, dio él.Un equipo de planificación ad hoc dirigido por la Rda. Winnie Varghese, directora de justicia y reconciliación en la iglesia de La Trinidad [Trinity] de Wall Street, y Megan Castellan, rectora de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan  [St. John’s] en Ithaca, Nueva York, organizaron el culto de oración con Grassroots Leadership, una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Austin que labora por una sociedad más justa y que denuncia el sistema de prisión como empresas lucrativas, la encarcelación masiva y la deportación y criminalización de migrantes.Diecinueve autobuses transportaron a más de 1.000 episcopales del Centro de Convenciones de Austin al Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto, a unos 40 minutos de Austin. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.La 79ª. Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal está sesionando en Austin hasta el 13 de julio. El debate migratorio de Estados Unidos, de la política de “tolerancia cero” del gobierno de Trump, tuvo un gran protagonismo el día anterior en una audiencia conjunta de un comité legislativo, donde unas 25 personas testificaron sobre asuntos que iban desde brindar santuario a inmigrantes que enfrentan deportación, condenar la separación de familias migrantes, apoyar a los haitianos sujetos a deportación y exigir [la aplicación de] una ley que les brinda un estatus legal permanentes  a los llamados soñadores a través de la legislación federal conocida como DREAM Act.El obispo primado Michael Curry y la presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, le dicen a la multitud reunida que miren hacia el centro de detención. La Rda. Megan Castellan, rectora de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan, en Ithaca, Nueva York, y una de las organizadoras del evento, comparte la plataforma. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.La Cámara de Obispos y la Cámara de Diputados retrasaron durante una hora el comienzo de sus sesiones legislativas del 8 de julio para que los funcionarios ejecutivos y más de 1.000 episcopales transportados por 19 autobuses pudieran asistir a la oración cerca del centro de detención —en el campo de Texas a unos 40 minutos de Austin— que administra una empresa privada y donde se encuentran recluidas 500 mujeres.Justo enfrente de la cerca de tela metálica del centro de detención, José Orta y Audrey Amos McGreenee, miembros de la comunidad de Taylor, sostenían una pancarta mirando hacia el T. Don Hutton que decía: “Cese la detención de inmigración en nuestra nación de inmigrantes”. En 2006, la prisión pasó de ser una prisión de mediana seguridad a un centro de detención de familias, y luego en 2009 a un centro de detención privado solo para mujeres, en el que recluyen a mujeres migrantes, algunas de  las cuales fueron separadas de sus hijos, dijo Orta en una entrevista con Episcopal News Service.Aunque ha habido problemas durante mucho tiempo con el defectuoso sistema de inmigración de EE.UU., el anuncio en abril de que el gobierno de Trump comenzaría a procesar penalmente a los migrantes y a separar los niños de sus padres mientras aguardaban audiencias de deportación ha provocado que ciudadanos estadounidenses aboguen por la unificación y reunificación de las familias.José Orta y Audrey Amos McGreenee, miembros de la comunidad de Taylor, portan una pancarta que dice: “Cese la detención de la inmigración en nuestra nación de inmigrantes”. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.En algunos casos, ha sido un llamado a abogar por políticas justas en el ámbito nacional. En otros casos ha significado tomar las calles y dar un devoto testimonio, como hicieron los episcopales frente al [centro de detención] Hutto.“Creo, francamente, que, al hacer esto, estamos expresando el sentir de la mayoría de los estadounidenses. Estamos horrorizados por el actual estado de cosas. Creo que la mayoría de nosotros no puede imaginar cómo podemos hacerlo visible. Creo que tengo temor de hablar con nuestros vecinos, tememos que nuestros amigos discrepen de nosotros, tememos ofender. Luego, cuando empezamos a hacer esto, creíamos que conseguiríamos atraer a 150 o 200 personas. Tenemos más de 1.000 sólo en los autobuses”, dijo Varghese, que es también diputada en representación de la Diócesis de Nueva York.“Parte de lo que estamos viendo es nuestra solidaridad de unos con otros y que hay una gran voz en oposición a lo que está sucediendo en nuestro país, y somos nosotros”, dijo Varghese. “Es entre nosotros, y la razón de hacer cosas como ésta es darle a la gente una oportunidad de ser mejores”.Jesús estuvo junto a las personas vulnerables, de manera que la Iglesia está junto a las personas vulnerables, dijo la Rda. Melanie Mullen, directora de reconciliación, justicia y cuidado de la creación.“Queremos andar en el camino del amor y en acompañamiento con nuestras hermanas más vulnerables que sufren”, afirmó ella. “Vamos a hacerlo a través del país donde quieran que victimicen a la gente… Jesús dijo primero ‘traigan los niños a mí’; ese es nuestro primer llamado, estar junto a los pobres, los victimizados, los más frágiles. El Obispo Primado nos dijo que anduviéramos en el camino del amor, eso nos da fuerzas para venir aquí y decir que podemos enfrentar esto juntos”.La inmigración en Estados Unidos, como en otros países, está desorganizada, dijo el obispo de El Salvador, David Alvarado, en una entrevista con ENS luego de la oración de testimonio.El obispo de El Salvador, David Alvarado, y el Rdo. Tommy Dillion, diputado suplente de la Diócesis de Luisiana y colaborador durante mucho tiempo de la Diócesis Anglicana –Episcopal de El Salvador, sostienen una pancarta  con la efigie del arzobispo Oscar Romero, que fuera asesinado por su obra en pro de la justicia social mientras estaba de pie detrás del altar. Romero ha sido propuesto a la santidad en la Iglesia Católica Romana. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.“Ser un migrante”, dijo él, es tratado como un delito. Cuando en realidad, los migrantes huyen de la violencia, buscan no sólo una oportunidad, sino también refugio y salvación. En los países del Triángulo Norte de América Central —El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras— la gente huye del conflicto social.“Está afectando a muchas personas; hay muchísimo desplazamiento forzoso”, dijo Alvarado, añadiendo que entre 60 y 70 personas huyen diariamente de El Salvador, algunos de ellos se quedan en Guatemala y en México y otros se dirigen a la frontera de EE.UU.Episcopales reunidos entre dos campos de béisbol —el lugar de reunión que se autorizó— celebran una oración de visión, testimonio y justicia cerca del Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Mientras el servicio de oración tenía lugar, una familia salvadoreña de 11 miembros estaba intentando cruzar la frontera y uno de los miembros de la familia le envió un mensaje de texto a Elmer Romero, salvadoreño que es miembro de la iglesia episcopal de La Trinidad [Trinity] en Houston y miembro de la junta de Cristosal, una organización de derechos humanos que proporciona ayuda a centroamericanos que se han visto empujados a desplazarse por la violencia. Cristosal comenzó hace más de una década como un ministerio episcopal.Durante la Oración de los Fieles, el obispo auxiliar de Texas Héctor Monterosso y la obispa de Nueva York Central De De Duncan-Probe, pidieron por el fin de la violencia, la pobreza y el desplazamiento y porque los líderes apliquen políticas que protejan la seguridad nacional y que conduzcan a una migración segura, al fin de la detención para los que solicitan asilo.Ellos oraron por los niños separados de sus padres y por los padres separados de sus hijos.“Hoy es el cumpleaños de mi hijo, y si alguna vez me lo hubieran quitado, no sé lo que habría hecho…sólo porque estaba intentando llevarlo a un lugar donde pudiera tener libertad, donde pudiera tener una vida”, dijo Sandra Montes, directora de música de la Diócesis de Texas que dirigió la música en [el servicio] de oración y cantó el día anterior en el culto de avivamiento del 7 de julio.“Para mí es muy importante que estas mujeres [sepan que estamos aquí]”, dijo Montes. “Ni siquiera puedo poner en palabras la desesperación que yo sentiría si estuviera ahí y mi hijo en alguna otra parte. O incluso si él estuviera conmigo sólo porque quisimos algo mejor, por buscar libertad”.“No venimos con odio, no venimos con fanatismo, no venimos a rebajar a nadie. Venimos a realzar a todos. Venimos en amor”, dijo el obispo primado Michael Curry a una multitud de más de 1.000 personas reunida en oración frente al Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto en Taylor, Texas. Foto de Frank Logue.En un mensaje de Twitter luego del servicio de oración, Grassroots Leadership publicó que las mujeres en la prisión estaban llorando, sólo de saber que no estaban solas. No dejar a nadie solo está en el tuétano del amor al prójimo y en seguir las enseñanzas de Jesús, dijo Curry.“Jesús dijo ‘ama a Dios y ama a tu prójimo’. Venimos en amor, que es el núcleo esencial de nuestra fe, que  es su alma”, afirmó curry.“El camino del amor nos llama a ser humanitarios, nos llama a cuidar de los que no tienen quien los cuide, y venimos porque no creemos que una gran nación como ésta separa a los niños de sus familias.“Venimos porque creemos en esta nación, concebida en libertad, dedicada a la premisa de que todas las personas son creadas iguales, [porque] creemos que debemos llamar a esta nación, a Estados Unidos, a que recobre su verdadera alma. Estamos aquí porque amamos a esta nación. Porque si uno realmente ama a alguien no los deja seguir por el camino que va, uno los ayuda a dar lo mejor de sí. Estamos aquí para salvar el alma de Estados Unidos”.-Lynette Wilson es reportera y jefa de redacción de Episcopal News Service.  Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Albany bishop rejects General Convention compromise on gay marriage, refuses…

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By David PaulsenPosted Nov 12, 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Marriage Equality, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Albany bishop rejects General Convention compromise on gay marriage, refuses to allow rites Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Albany, New York, pose in October for a Facebook photo promoting it as a congregation that “welcomes ALL for worship, fellowship and service.” The parish, however, and any others in the Diocese of Albany interested in offering same-sex marriage ceremonies will not be allowed under the directive issued by Bishop William Love.[Episcopal News Service] Albany Bishop William Love, in a Nov. 10 pastoral letter to his diocese, forcefully condemned the Episcopal Church’s adoption of same-sex marriage rites, vowed to reject a General Convention resolution intended to offer the rites in all dioceses, and suggested Episcopalians in his diocese would leave the church if his directive were overturned.Featuring biblical citations from Leviticus to Romans to support his belief that sexual intimacy between two men or two women was never God’s plan, Love’s eight-page letter labeled homosexuality “sinful and forbidden,” and cast the long-simmering Episcopal debate over same-sex marriage as a kind of existential crisis for the church, which he argues, has been “hijacked” by a powerful, secular “Gay Rights Agenda.”Bishop William Love has led the Diocese of Albany for 12 years. Photo: Diocese of Albany“There is no doubt the Episcopal Church and now the Diocese of Albany are in the midst of a huge storm that can rip us apart if we are not careful. That is exactly what Satan wants. We don’t have to play his game,” Love said. “If we focus on what divides us, we will be destroyed. If we focus on what unites us — our Lord Jesus Christ — He will get us through to the other side.”Resolution B012, when it was approved by the 79th General Convention in July, was seen as a compromise between conservative bishops like Love and advocates for greater LGBTQ inclusion in the church. It passed with broad support in both the House of Bishops and House of Deputies.It wasn’t immediately clear what steps church leaders might take in response to Love’s directive, which specifically forbids diocesan clergy from using the trial rites supported by B012. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement Nov. 12 saying all clergy are required to “act in ways that reflect and uphold the discernment and decisions of the General Convention of the church.”“I have read the recent statement from Bishop Bill Love of the Diocese of Albany and am aware of the deep hurt on all sides of the issues it addresses,” Curry said. “I have been, and will continue to be, in conversation with Bishop Love about this matter. Along with other leaders in the Episcopal Church, I am assessing the implications of the statement and will make determinations about appropriate actions soon.”Episcopal News Service was unable Nov. 12 to reach clergy in the diocese to speak about Love’s letter on the record, and a diocesan representative said the bishop wasn’t immediately available to answer a reporter’s questions by phone.Despite the impasse in Albany, the Episcopal Church has made steady progress toward marriage equality in recent years, said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies.“We recognize the Holy Spirit at work in the marriages of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” Jennings said in a written statement. “And we know that there are Christians who have been drawn further into fidelity and service to the world by living in committed same-sex partnerships and marriages based on holy love and the gift of seeing Christ in one another. When we celebrate these marriages, the entire church is blessed by the love and fidelity of these faithful couples.”Love’s decision already has generated backlash in Albany and churchwide among supporters of same-sex marriage.“Parishioners at St. Andrews, Albany, burned the bishop’s letter while it was being read at church,” parishioner John White said in a Facebook post. “How did your congregation ‘celebrate’?”The Rev. Susan Russell, a priest from the Diocese of Los Angeles who has advocated for years in favor of greater LGBTQ inclusion in the Episcopal Church, said Love exceeded his canonical authority, and she expects the church to hold him accountable.“In a moment when we’re being led by a presiding bishop who prophetically proclaims on a worldwide stage that if it’s not about love it’s not about God, we have a bishop named Love who is drawing lines in the sand, who is explicitly excluding people from God’s blessing,” Russell, senior associate rector at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, told ENS by phone.Leading up to General Convention this year, Albany was one of eight dioceses that refused to offer trial rites to same-sex couples wishing to marry in their own churches because the bishops held to theologically conservative interpretations of scripture, church canons and the Book of Common Prayer. With B012, General Convention intended to ensure same-sex couples had access to the rites everywhere that were legally allowed to marry.B012 takes effect Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. In some cases, the conservative bishops have interpreted the resolution as allowing them to opt out personally by asking another bishop to provide pastoral oversight for the marrying couples, clergy and congregations.Love, however, objected to B012 when it was approved and repeated his objections in his Nov. 10 letter. He said he raised those concerns in a recent meeting with Curry, warning the resolution’s mandate would do “tremendous damage” to the church and his diocese.Love’s letter begins by citing his authority as bishop, which the Book of Common Prayer says includes a call “to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church” and to “boldly proclaim and interpret the Gospel of Christ.” It concludes by affirming his “respect for the authority of General Convention as an institutional body” but pledging his “ultimate loyalty” to God.His letter enumerates seven reasons for his rejection of B012, starting with biblical teachings that marriage is between a man and a woman.“The fact that some in today’s sexually confused society (to include 5 of the 9 U.S. Supreme Court Justices in 2015) may have broadened their understanding of marriage to be more inclusive, allowing for same-sex marriages, doesn’t mean that God … has changed His mind or His purpose or intent for marriage,” the letter reads.Albany remains an exception to church’s support for marriage equalityThe reference to the Supreme Court invokes the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex civil marriage in all 50 states. It already had been legal in New York since 2011.However, tensions in the Episcopal Church over homosexuality stem from even earlier. Those tensions flared up in 2003 with the ordination of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson as the church’s first openly gay bishop, and after several years of theological disagreements, some bishops, priests and lay Episcopalians left the church, causing protracted legal battles in some places over diocesan property.Separate efforts to welcome same-sex couples more fully into the life of the church took a major step forward in 2015 when General Convention created and authorized two trial marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.“For more than 40 years, the Episcopal Church has prayed, studied and discerned and, in doing so, we have seen the evidence of God’s blessing in the lives of LGBTQ people,” Jennings said in her written statement, calling General Convention “our highest temporal authority.”Despite their earlier objections, the bishops of the dioceses of Central Florida, Dallas, Florida, North Dakota, Springfield, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands have signaled they will implement it in some fashion.“I think we’ve come out of this with something that lets everyone stay true to their conscience,” Dallas Bishop George Sumner told the Dallas Morning News in July.Like Love, Florida Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard opposed the comprise resolution, but he sent a message to his diocese on Aug. 3 saying he would implement it. If a parish wishes to conduct a same-sex wedding, Howard said he will ask a fellow bishop to step in.“Please know that I am committed to honoring Resolution B012, as passed by the General Convention, even though my own theological position and pastoral teaching continues to be rooted in traditional Gospel understandings as set forth in our Book of Common Prayer,” Howard said. “My prayer is that both ‘sides’ of this issue will come to see the other not as a ‘side’ at all, but rather as fellow members of the Body of Christ, seeking in good faith to follow the Gospel.”Love, however, has offered no such conciliation. “We’re in the midst of a major schism,” Love told the Albany Times-Union in a Sept. 1 story, and in a Sept. 7 letter to the diocese, he said he was still considering the resolution’s meaning and collecting input from diocesan clergy before deciding how to respond and “how it will be dealt with in the Diocese of Albany.”The diocese is based in New York’s capital city, though most of its 130 congregations are in less-populated communities between the Canadian border and Catskill Mountains. By Nov. 11, Love had made his decision, and it echoed off the walls of those churches. Parish clergy were instructed by Love to read the letter to their congregations after Sunday worship.“B012 turns upside down over 2,000 years of church teaching regarding the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and is in direct contradiction of the Episcopal Church’s ‘official teaching’ on marriage,” Love said.Love’s letter also frames his objection to same-sex marriage by arguing at length that it is rooted in a faith-based opposition to homosexuality, and to premarital sex of any kind.Allowing gay couples to marry does “a great disservice and injustice to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in Christ, by leading them to believe that God gives his blessing to the sharing of sexual intimacy within a same-sex relationship, when in fact He has reserved the gift of sexual intimacy for men and women within the confines of marriage between a man and woman.” He continues by accusing the church of encouraging Episcopalians with “same-sex attractions” to sin by acting on those impulses.Love implicates the Episcopal Church in that sin and suggests it will hasten the church’s demise.“Not only does the same-sex couple come under God’s judgement and condemnation, but it also brings God’s judgement and condemnation against The Episcopal Church,” Love wrote. “Recent statistics show that The Episcopal Church is spiraling downward. I can’t help but believe that God has removed His blessing from this Church. Unless something changes, The Episcopal Church is going to die.”Bishop raises alarm over widening church schismImplementing B012 also would require Love to violate his vows of ordination, he said, adding that others in his diocese are just as adamant in opposing same-sex marriage.“There are many in the Diocese of Albany who have made it clear that they will not stand for such false teaching or actions and will leave — thus the blood bath and opening of the flood gates that have ravaged other dioceses will come to Albany if B012 is enacted in this diocese,” he said in his letter.Love’s final justification for rejecting B012 expands the decision’s scope by invoking the diocese’s positive relations with the Anglican Communion, which also has grappled in recent years with divisions between its provinces, one of which is the Episcopal Church, over homosexuality.Some in the Episcopal Church are willing to take what they see as a “prophetic” stance, Love said, even if others in the Anglican Communion don’t “embrace this ‘new thing’ that they believe God is doing.” Love calls this the devil’s deception.“Satan is having a heyday … by deceiving the leadership of the church into creating ways for our gay and lesbian brothers and sister to embrace their sexual desires rather than to repent and seek God’s love and healing grace,” he said.Love concluded his letter with a lengthy passage that mines a range of viewpoints on Christian outreach to people “who are struggling with same-sex attractions” while making clear he views homosexuality as a sin that requires repentance.Curry, in his statement Nov. 12, was clear about the Episcopal Church’s official understanding of the issue.“We are committed to the principle of full and equal access to, and inclusion in, the sacraments for all of the baptized children of God, including our LGBTQ siblings,” Curry said. “We also are committed to respecting the conscience of those who hold opinions that differ from the official policy of the Episcopal Church regarding the sacrament of marriage.“It should be noted that the canons of the Episcopal Church give authority to all members of the clergy to decline to officiate a marriage for reasons of conscience, and Resolution B012 of the 79th General Convention does not change this fact.”Russell, the California priest, said several fellow advocates for marriage equality and priests in the Diocese of Albany contacted her to inform her of Love’s decision. It greatly saddened her, she said.Russell called Love “a complete outlier” among bishops on this issue, but that doesn’t take away the sting felt by gay and lesbian couples in his diocese.“My heart goes out to the LGBTQ people in the Diocese of Albany specifically, but also to those in the wider church and community who will hear this again as another indication of how deeply homophobia runs in the veins of the world and the church, and how much we have to do to eradicate it,” she said. “And I do think it’s up to the whole church to stand together in love and compassion.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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RIP: Former Los Angeles Bishop Joseph Jon Bruno dies at…

first_imgRIP: Former Los Angeles Bishop Joseph Jon Bruno dies at 74 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Rev. J. Jon Bruno. Photo: Diocese of Los Angeles[Diocese of Los Angeles] The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, former bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, died suddenly of natural causes at his home in La Quinta, California, on April 23.In making the announcement together with the other members of the Bruno family, his wife, Mary A. Bruno, released the following statement:“Our family and the many others who knew and loved Jon have been blessed with his magnificent life. We are gladdened to know that he has been greeted by St. Peter and is in the loving hands of God. We ask that our family is included in your prayers and our privacy respected in this time of grief.”Bruno is survived by Mary, his wife of 35 years; his daughter, Jonelle; his son, Philip, and his wife, Mary; stepson Brent Woodrich and his wife, Andrea; nine grandchildren and countless friends.Services and other arrangements are pending. More information, including a full obituary in the diocese’s Episcopal News, is here.Bruno was known for his commitment to multicultural and polylingual ministry, his advocacy for inclusion and equity for all people regardless of orientation and identification and the visionary Seeds of Hope ministry he co-founded, which has helped bear tens of thousands of people through the pandemic with its food and education programs. He chose for his episcopate the theme “Hands in Healing” as a means of inspiring others to mend effects of violence, discrimination, and loss.Bruno was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Los Angeles and grew up in the Echo Park and Maravilla sections of the city. He graduated from East L.A.’s Garfield High School, Cal State L.A., and the Virginia Theological Seminary, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2001. He held a certificate in criminology from Cal State Long Beach and served as a police officer in Burbank, California. Raised a Roman Catholic, he entered The Episcopal Church through the parish of Epiphany, Lincoln Heights, during his youth.He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert C. Rusack in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 1978, and served churches in Thousand Oaks, California, and Oregon before beginning ministry as rector of St. Athanasius Church in Echo Park in 1986. There he conceived of the idea to build, on that site, the Cathedral Center of St. Paul and was installed as its first provost in 1994 by Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, whom he succeeded in 2002 as sixth bishop of Los Angeles, having been elected bishop coadjutor in 1999. 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Where to “Dine Out for Orlando” in Apopka

first_img Please enter your comment! Today you can get a great meal and help the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy at the same time. Hundreds of restaurants around the state are participating in “Dine Out for Orlando United” — donating their proceeds for the day to the OneOrlando Fund.Several Apopka restaurants have agreed to participate in today’s “Dine Out for Orlando United” event, including:Chuck Wagon Home CookingPhat Thai CafeSomething FishyThe Catfish PlaceRita’sChick-fil-APizza HutSonny’s BBQTijuana FlatsThe above list was complied using information from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association as of this morning.  New restaurants are being added daily. To see a full list of all currently participating restaurants use this link.Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more were wounded in this month’s attack inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The OneOrlando Fund is handling the collection and distribution of donations to the victims and their families.“We are grateful for the support and leadership of Florida’s hospitality industry as we continue to work together to help the victims of this tragedy. We want to encourage everybody to dine out on June 30 to help raise money for the families of the victims,” said Buddy Dyer, Orlando’s mayor.The list of participating restaurants includes everything from coffee shops to steak houses. Check the list before you head out the door.The daylong event is being led by the state’s restaurant industry group, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, in partnership with Visit Florida. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Previous article9 Traits to Consider When Looking For a New DoctorNext articleOn this Day: July 1st, 1863 Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more